Making a Short Film

Last month Generator’s Tim Mogridge and I shot a short film: Post-Groundhog Day. The project is a dark comedy twist on the ‘Groundhog Day’-style time-loop, with the script tackling post-traumatic stress disorder over a cup of coffee and a bacon sandwich.

I wrote and produced the short, with Tim on director duties. The past year has been a wild ride, and it’s far from over yet (the film is currently in post-production, with a release date tbc). I’ve learned a whole heap about filmmaking, and I thought it’d be cool to pass along some of that knowledge in a short series of blog posts:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Funding & Crowdfunding
  • Production

Plus, I’ll probably write a couple more about post and distribution once we’re finished with the film.

I’m by no means claiming to be some sort expert on this thing. In fact, that’s kind of the point. Although I come from a production background, this was my first time taking the reins on a film, and in many ways it was a baptism of fire. So my aim here is to share some nuggets of info that I kind of wish I’d known beforehand, and hopefully inspire 1 or 2 first-time filmmakers.

Joe (on the left)

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